PhD Invitation to Apply

Come join our PhD program

Our curriculum prepares our doctoral students to become high quality, high-impact researchers. UT Austin is one of the premier research universities in the US and the city of Austin is both a rapidly growing center for IT research and development and one of the country's most vibrant cities in which to live and work.

Our school has a strong tradition of fully financially supporting our Ph.D. students through a combination of Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Fellowships and, in later years, teaching positions as Assistant Instructors. Our packages of support include tuition, health insurance, and a stipend sufficient to live comfortably in Austin.

Applications are due by *1st December* for both U.S. and international students (deadline was previously 15th December). Spring semester admission is not available. Late applications may be submitted but are not guaranteed equal consideration, and fewer funding packages may be available for us to offer you. Applications must be submitted through the system; the application process is detailed on this page (read "General Admissions" and "PhD program requirements"):

Our Mission

At the UT Austin School of Information, we are committed to making a difference in the world by designing information management solutions that are accessible, useful, usable, and sustainable. To increase scientific understanding of the role and impact of information in all human endeavors, we study problems and develop solutions for better information design, management, organization, preservation, and retrieval.

The study of information extends beyond any existing field. Our world-class faculty has expertise in a range of disciplines, from computer science, psychology, and engineering to anthropology, history, communications, English, science and technology studies, and more. We come together to study and educate people about the interactions of people and information; the processes of managing and organizing information for meaning and use; and the impact of new technologies and behaviors on individuals, organizations, and society. We seek students who can see beyond current approaches to problems, who recognize that information transcends boundaries, and who are comfortable crossing disciplines in search of answers.

The greatest challenges facing today's modern information society are to tackle the extraordinary complexity of information, to discover principles and processes to manage its massive scale, and to leverage it to enhance our lives. We seek the best and brightest people who thrive on challenges:

  • People dedicated to creating new forms of information systems that can augment human and organizational capabilities.
  • People committed to exploring the human and technological principles and processes that underlie information complexity.
  • People seeking to understand human-computer interaction, from interacting with mobile devices, to systems in homes, organizations, and governments.
  • People energized by a vision of a diverse society where access to relevant information is not a luxury but a requirement.
  • People appreciative of the importance and challenge of preserving and disseminating information on the human cultural record.

Our faculty and students are passionate about information, and we welcome others who want to join us in helping to forge a better information society. We encourage prospective applicants to explore our faculty and our research page.

Our PhD students come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, and we welcome applications from interested candidates regardless of the field of study in which you completed your prior degree(s). A masters degree is not required to apply. The application’s Statement of Purpose is often a good place to discuss how your educational background and prior degree(s) have prepared you for success in the area(s) you are most excited to pursue in our PhD program.

And then to submit an application: (please scroll down to Ph.D. Program requirements).